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Dean Watson

Dean Watson

Friday, May 14th, 1943 - Saturday, April 18th, 2020
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Obituary

It is with great sadness that the family of Dean Watson announces his passing on Saturday April 18th, 2020 at the age of 76.

Dean lived his life with great humour and commitment to his family and friends. He wore many hats in his life, most notably husband, dad, gramps, brother, uncle, teacher, and general jack of all trades. He was a much beloved and dedicated family man, who lifted up all who knew him with his humour and quick wit. Dean was the rock of support in his family and he will be especially missed by his wife Diane, his kids Kevin (Julie), Chris (Megan), and Callie, his grandchildren Kate, Eric, Jack, Bridget and Thomas, his brother Richard (Eleanor), his nieces and nephews, and his long time special friends. Dean is predeceased by his parents Dorothy and Keith Watson and sisters Barbara (E.J.) and Connie (Klaus).

Dean had an exemplary 30-year teaching career at Hamilton’s Sir Winston Churchill S.S. He held many different positions in the school, but his time as a Special Education teacher was where he really shined. He had a gift for connecting with others. Dean’s retirement years were filled with trips to Florida, stays at the family cottage near Minden, refereeing volleyball matches, being a neighbourhood handyman / landscaper, and of course spending time with his family. His commitment to helping others spanned his entire life.

Dean’s struggle with Alzheimer’s for the past few years was met with humour and stoicism. The family greatly appreciates the compassion and care shown by our friends and neighbours during that tough time. We also wish to thank the staff at both Sunrise of Burlington and the Burloak Long Term Care Home, Dr. Mah, Dr. Douglas, and the Alzheimer Society. All of you showed great care and support as you helped us through the difficult stages of this journey.

If desired, donations in his memory can be made to the Alzheimer Society or Joseph Brant Hospital.

No funeral or visitation will be held but, when possible, we will gather together to remember and celebrate the life of this special man. We will toast him, thinking of him paddling out in his canoe, softly calling “here fishy fishy”!
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Roger Watt

Posted at 06:08pm
Dear Diane, Kevin, Christopher, Callie and extended family,
We remember Dean at many sporting events (track, basketball and volleyball, etc.). Roger enjoyed Dean's sense of humour. Dean was a great man. We are so sorry for your loss.
Roger and Marnie Watt
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Nasif Walji

Posted at 04:48pm
Very sad to hear the news of Mr. Watson’s passing. He was my first high school football coach and gave me the opportunity to play quarterback. That very opportunity opened countless doors for me. Thank you sir. Thank you Sir for ALL the fond memories. You will be sadly missed.

Warmly,

Nasif Walji #7
D

dawmarte@gmail.com

Posted at 12:06pm
Dear Diane,
I was so sorry to hear about Dean's passing. Memories of the Watsons and Hart Lodge have been flooding back to me over the past day. Dean was an exceptional person and was a great influence on my life...as were you as well. Please pm me on Facebook (Tobe Trueman) as I'd like your home address.
Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers,
Dawn Martens
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Krista Caron

Posted at 08:23pm
Sincerest condolences to Callie and family. Dean was always so kind-hearted as a volleyball referee. I always enjoyed chatting with him at the courts and I know he was so proud of his family. He has already been greatly missed in our league. I know he'll be missed with you, but he'll live on with wonderful memories. So sorry for your loss.
NJ

Neil Jones

Posted at 04:38pm
To Diane and Family
I met Dean , probably more than fifty years ago, through Dick, and saw him from time to time over the years. He was a few years older than I and so, of course, I looked up to him when I first met him. I enjoyed the occasions when I ran into him. I remember a sly smile and a wonderful, dry and somewhat cynical wit which often left me laughing.
I was saddened to hear of your struggle over the last few years. You have lost a find man. Please accept my and Sharon's sympathies.
Neil and Sharon Jones
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